01. PLACE / HOLD

PLACE / HOLD is a working title that encompasses several components from a connected network of distinct but related projects that concern Arctic image consumption, data as the new divine, spatial simulacrum, and corporeal complexity.

New works in response to The Arctic Circle are a product of Levesque's interdisciplinary practice with a consideration for the materiality and tradition of formal photography and its relationship to new consumer technologies, image-culture, objects in space, and systems.

THE ARCTIC CIRCLE - JUNE 2017 //  The Arctic Circle residency program brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard an ice-class Tall Ship and takes place in the international territory of Svalbard, a mountainous Arctic archipelago just 10 degrees from the North Pole.

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ANCHOR POINT //

Anchor Point is a series of drawings made from GPS data points that Levesque collected in Svalbard during his participation in The Arctic Circle artist residency while sailing aboard an ice-class Tall Ship. Each network of dense, overlapping lines is a record of the ship's natural movements in the water while tethered to its dropped anchor—using the ship itself to make the drawing.

For Levesque, this method of mark-making calls to mind the esoteric art of scrying. With a crystal tied to a string, a practitioner could gently hover the crystal's point over a map until it divined the unknown location of your desire. With GPS in hand, the ship can be seen to move in a similar quality to the crystal. Yet, it never stops moving. A symptom of technological preference in lieu of clairvoyant promise. With all the location data points one would need, you always know where you are—there is nothing to find—Data is the New Divine.

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GPS Data Drawing
Scanned Medium Format Negative
16 x 20" 
2017

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GPS Data Drawing
Scanned Medium Format Negative
16 x 20" 
2017


1 Day at sea feels like 3 days on land //

Icebergs and bergy-bits floating at sea are grown larger and extended in length by undermining the camera’s designed capture method in attempt to replenish already melted ice while also providing a demonstrative speculation on the subjective experience of time. New ice from digital errors; obvious to the eye – a clear failure –technological shortcomings in communicating climate.

L ➔ R // 1:3.02LG, 1/3 // 1:3.02LG, 2/3 // 1:3.02LG, 3/3
Triptych, Each 16" x 16", Archival Pigment Print with Acrylic Face Mount

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L ➔ R // 1:3.03LM, 1/3 // 1:3.03LM, 2/3 // 1:3.03LM, 3/3
Triptych, Each 16" x 16", Archival Pigment Print with Acrylic Face Mount


TIME SPACE EXPANSION //

Flat images of ice forced into an augmented reality viewing algorithm. For maximum effect, please view fullscreen by clicking the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the spatial viewer. You can then use your mouse to click and drag your way around the virtual environment. Press [ESC] to exit fullscreen.


FRAZIL FORMS //

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COLD STORAGE //

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700px x 875px // Animated Gif, Infinite Loop


S-CURVE (WAVE FORMS) //

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A progression of small beginnings ➔ over time.


ORIGINALLY THOUGHT TO BE SLIPPERY DUE TO THE PRESSURE OF AN OBJECT COMING IN CONTACT WITH ICE //

 
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Digitally scanned negatives generate images of glaciers suspended in fields of “Internet Blue” like an email attachment traveling through the imagined space between sender and recipient. Printed on transparency film and left to rest on two wall-mounted wooden armatures that project into space – between an image and object.

24" x 36" // UV Print on Transparent Film, Wood, Rubberized Paint, Spray Paint


TIME SPACE EXPANSION //

Flat images of ice forced into an augmented reality viewing algorithm. For maximum effect, please view fullscreen by clicking the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the spatial viewer. You can then use your mouse to click and drag your way around the virtual environment. Press [ESC] to exit fullscreen.


LANDS SIGNAL //

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A series of found human-made impositions upon the landscape. Practical flags of heroics and conquest. A safety measure. A warning. 2 of 3.

24" x 36" // Archival Pigment Print


DELTA // 

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PROXY //

As the buoy is dragged across the Arctic landscape, it moves with the jilted, limping labor of the unseen individual performing the action. The snow-covered ground is covered in a stampede of footsteps of those who have already crossed the treacherous landscape. 

The continuously looped video visualizes a tenuous relationship to collective influence and signifies a repeated attempt to reconcile corporeal bodies of difference in the context of an art making practice. Has collective influence created a path unsuitable for some? Or does the well-trodden path provide access for the Other? Does collective influence have the ability for both harm and good?”

Preview: 2:59 // Infinite Loop // iPhone Captured Video on LCD Screen


DIRTY ICE //

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44" x 27" // Scanned Medium Format Negatives, Data Manipulated Digital Files, Archival Pigment Print on Transparent Film, Window Installation


DIFFUSE (COLOR BLEED) //

24" x 36", Archival Pigment Print with Acrylic Face Mount

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